CancerCare Santa Dash 2013

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CancerCare’s annual Santa Dash event saw a record number of participants taking to the streets of Lancaster as part of the city’s Christmas lights switch-on festivities on Sunday 24th November. Over 250 dashers of all ages kitted out in Santa suits or reindeer antlers helped raise thousands of pounds for the local charity.

With Bay Radio broadcasting live from Market Square the festive fundraisers were treated to a warm-up session from LUDUS dance at the starting line. When the claxon sounded, the dashers ran, walked, danced and jingled their way around the short city centre route and were greeted at the finish line with a flurry of artificial snow and a free mince pie - compliments of Sainsbury’s Lancaster. Children were also given free candy canes.

Every penny raised from the Lancaster Santa Dash will help to support local people affected by cancer in North Lancashire and South Lakeland. This year’s event has already raised a record amount of over £4,000, with sponsorship money still coming in.

Sisters Poppy & Daisy Moon (ages 6 & 3 respectively) raised an incredible £1,220 for CancerCare which won them the chance to turn on the Lancaster Christmas lights alongside Santa Claus.

Poppy & Daisy’s step-nana was recently diagnosed with cancer and the girls wanted to do something to help. All the money raised from the Lancaster Santa Dash will help to fund the vital work of CancerCare which supports people living with, through and beyond cancer in North Lancashire & South Lakeland.

Prizes of £50 vouchers for new Lancaster storeBlue Inc. were also awarded to Teri-Ann Roe from Glasson Dock as the adult female Santa Dasher who raised the most sponsorship for CancerCare and to Stuart Smith of Lancaster as the adult male.

Fundraising Team Leader, Jane Staniford said:

“CancerCare would like to thank everyone who came along to take part. It is only through events like the Santa Dash and the generosity of the local community that we serve that CancerCare can continue to provide its valuable services people in our local area who have been affected by cancer.”

CancerCare also owe a special thank you to FGH Security staff for acting as route marshals and generously donating their wages for the event to CancerCare.